Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mini Moon Garden

Last Monday the local garden club hosted an open house.
One of the speakers was an expert on mini conifers.
Now those don't really interest me all that much ,
but part of his talk was on making hypetufa troughs,
which is what they plant mini garden in .
The speaker always uses mini conifers in his troughs.
He was quite the purest when it came to trough gardens.
I am not.
I don't think he would approve of mine.
But  I love the way it turned out.

I didn't make this container
( although , I do plan to give it a go , so stay tuned for a hypertufa post )
this one was given to me by a friend.
  Her daughter had made them as a 4H project.
I bet I've had it for at least 10 years.

It was made using the same basic method ,
probably a different "recipe" and
she used a rhubarb leaf to made the pattern .
Cool huh?
Over the years , I've used it as a bird bath , a bird feeder , or
just as an ornament.
I decided it was time to put it to use.
Plus after hearing the speaker I was dying to give it a try.

First I filled the bottom 3 inches ( approximately) with chicken grit,
I then filled it with a light weight potting mix.
Then the fun part...

The idea with these trough gardens is that it is actually a MINI garden.
So you arrange the plants as if you are landscaping a full sized garden.
Complete with ornaments, paths , arbors , etc.

This container was in my Moon Garden so of course it had to be a Mini Moon Garden !

I don't know if I've mentioned it before ,
but I have a slight obsession with Hostas.
Especially miniature Hostas.
The only problem with miniature Hostas is they have a tendency to get lost in the border cause they are just THAT small !
I thought mini gardens would be a great way to showcase my little lovelies.
I added a mini pine and a VERY small leafed mint.
The Hostas won't get much taller , but they will eventually get bigger around.
I anticipate the mint will spread, I really hope it does.
I'm really hoping it spreads in like grass.
Time will tell...

Then I added this little arbor and garden bench.
And the icing on the cake ( I think ) ...
The gazing ball!

I've got a couple more mini garden plans floating around in my brain.
I'll share them eventually.
The weather must straighten out first.
Do you like them ?
Has anyone else planted one ?
Are you tired of my Moon Garden yet ?
I hope not, cause I've got another update post coming soon.

I think I'm in love....

Linking to some or all of thse great Parties :
More the Merrier Monday@DIY Home Sweet Home
So Very Creative Party Time @ So Creative
Meet Me Monday @ You're Talking Too Much
Amaze Me Monday @ DittleDattle
What's in the GunnySack@The Gunny Sack
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill
Make it Yourself Monday @ An Original Belle
Show Me What You Got Linky Party @ Our Delightful Home
Party Time Tuesday @ Northern Cottage
Trash to Treasure Tuesday @ Sassy Sites
Cowgirl Up Creative Linky Party @ The FarmhousPorch
Show Off Your Stuff @ Fireflies and Jellybeans
Primp Your Stuff Wednesday @ Primp
Your Whims Wednesday @ My Girlish Whims
Good Life Wednesday @ A Beach Cottage
Rock & Share @ The Shady Porch(a pinterest party)
Tablescape Thrursday@ Beteen Naps on the Porch
Thursdays are Your Days @ 52 Mantles
Show and Tell Friday@ My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Inspiration Friday@ At the Picket Fence
Pinning and Singing on the Weekend@ 5 Minutes Just for Me
Potpourri Friday @ 2805
Fabulous Friday @ Faith,Trust and Pixie Dust
Weekend Bloggy Reading : Link Up @ Serenity Now
Fridays Unfolded @ Stuff and Nonsense
Shine on Friday @ Happy-Go-Lucky
Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
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  1. I think your mini moon garden is adorable! I have never heard of mini hostas and am about to look them up! Love the little gazing ball too. I have made a couple of mini gardens or fairy gardens. So much fun. I have always wanted to try hypertufa so I'll be staying tuned for that! That rhubarb leaf one was so cool!

  2. I love this is something I have never seen..Fun ideas

  3. I'd like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope to see you there!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick


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